Monday, 1 May 2017

REVIEW: Pizza Express, Berkhamsted

Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The ChilternsReview of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns
Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns

We're settling in nicely to Tring - it's just such a lovely area, and I'm so excited to explore more places nearby, both in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire... the Chilterns is full of picturesque villages and excellent pubs. We keep promising we're going to strap on our walking boots and go proper exploring (I just bought some new ones from Spartoo, so I have zero excuse) but it hasn't happened yet. Actually, so far it doesn't feel like we've ventured that far (every time we go out to eat in Tring, we go to the same place!) but we've managed to make it into Berkhamsted a couple of times, which is just up the road.

It seems like this area is quite up-and-coming. Berkhamsted will soon be home to the second branch of one of my St Albans favourites, Tabure (and Matt's barbers are opening a branch there too, which he is very excited about) and Tring will be getting another St Albans fave, Lussmanns, later this year too (which I included in my St Albans restaurant roundup a couple of years ago). I love St Albans, but we were priced out of there when we wanted to buy property, which I think is the case for many people, so it isn't that surprising that independent businesses are moving this way too. And I am all for it, obviously.

We were invited to hop on the bus up to Berkhamsted to check out Pizza Express, which recently had a revamp. We timed our visit very poorly, as we tried a few items from the latest menu... about two days before they launched the new one. So unfortunately our main courses are no longer available to buy, but please join me in petitioning Pizza Express to rectify that, because I'm going to need their 'nduja mac'n'cheese and the Barbacoa pizza to be permanent menu items. SO GOOD.

Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns
Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns


We were warmly welcomed by the lovely team at Pizza Express and shown to a window seat. We both went for old favourites for starters - Matt had calamari, and I had the tricolore salad, a wonderful combo of sweet tomatoes, mozzarella and rich pesto. So good.

For our mains... well, I've already mentioned them. We actually shared the Barbacoa pizza last time we reviewed Pizza Express, and were itching to try it again - it's just SUCH a good pizza. The rich, shredded beef topped with fresh coriander and raw tomatoes... I'm salivating a bit.

Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns

My main was even better though. The Pennette Formaggi is Pizza Express's take on mac'n'cheese, and it's to die for. 'nduja is an optional extra, and if you're a meat eater, you're going to want to add it - it elevated the dish to something very special. The combination of comforting, creamy cheese with salty, spicy, oozy sausage is something I haven't been able to top thinking about. BRING IT BACK, PIZZA EXPRESS. BRING IT BACK.

Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns

I had the honeycomb cream slice for dessert, which was delicious - so creamy and rich without being sickly - and Matt had tiramasu. Both very good, but they were no 'nduja mac'n'cheese.

Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns
Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns

The new restaurant at Berkhamsted is looking great. It's so light and airy, and the team really worked hard to make our meal special.

Pizza Express Berkhamsted is at 350 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 1HT. The restaurant kindly paid for our meal in exchange for this honest review.

Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns
Review of new Pizza Express in Berkhamsted by food blogger based in Tring, St Albans, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, The Chilterns
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  1. Believe it or not, I've never been to Pizza Express (I'm a bit of snob about chain restaurants) but maybe I should give it a try as your photos look great!
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